Master Golf Course Architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

March 22, 2016

"Of the Earth, for the Spirit"

Author, poet, journalist, prolific golf course architect, and the father of environmental golf course design, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. was the natural choice to design our lush Bahia Beach golf course in 2008. Deeply committed to designing golf courses that seamlessly blend into the existing ecosystem and topography to give the impression it had always been there, it’s no wonder our guests find playing Jones’ Bahia Beach masterpiece to be the ultimate golfing experience.

The Land Listener

The Robert Trent Jones II ® (RTJ II) design team approaches each unique golf course project as a standalone creation, listening to the land, coaxing it to reveal its secrets, and working in harmony with the land to craft the best possible design for both golfers and the landscape. Although Bahia’s natural design feels effortless, winding through the forests and mangroves, encircling lagoons under swaying palm trees, stretching alongside the ocean offering panoramic views -- the RTJ II team put deliberate intention and unrivaled skill into every hole.

A Cornerstone of Conservation

Along with his plentiful nature divination gifts, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. is passionate about environmental sensitivity and responsibility in every golf course project that he takes on. When he designed the golf course at Bahia Beach, Jones took great pride in maintaining its natural integrity, earning the course the esteemed certification from Audubon International as a Silver Signature Sanctuary.This was very important in reinforcing our role as environmental leaders in Puerto Rico. Bahia Beach Resort is honored to be the only resort in the Caribbean designated as a Certified Gold Audubon International Signature Sanctuary, and one of just 21 resorts worldwide to bear the distinction. We support several conservation initiatives in the region, ever mindful of the exquisite natural environment that makes Bahia Beach Resort and our world-class golf course such a special place.

Evoking “Anticipation Mixed With Nostalgia”

Like a masterful orchestra conductor weaving all the elements into a harmonious and interesting whole that builds to a rousing climax, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. believes that all great courses stir powerful feelings in their players. The signature mood and rhythm Jones brought to Bahia Beach leaves golfers reflecting on how each hole is perfectly adapted to our idyllic setting long after their game is over. The anticipation as they wind their way to the final holes, emerging onto the stunning Atlantic coast, is something Bahia Beach golfers relive and retell over and over.Jones intentionally crafts his courses to offer impeccable balance, presenting golfers with holes of varying degrees of difficulty. He wants to fascinate and engage golfers, and likens the strategic puzzles he creates for them to those found in chess or pool playing. Jones challenges golfers to solve theses puzzle by determining the best position from which to attack the holes. Bahia Beach is designed with the resort golfer in mind, but the course provides players of all skill levels with a challenging and truly memorable golf experience.If you’d like to learn more about our incomparable Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship golf course and play the best and most beautiful 18 holes of your golfing life, please contact Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club. We look forward to welcoming you to gorgeous Puerto Rico.